Blueprint is designed to fit your interests and your schedule. Using the upcoming workshop pages below as your guide, all you need to do is choose which workshops you wish to attend, register using the links provided, attend the session, and have the facilitator sign your Blueprint card at the end.

You will need to attend the required number of workshops in each of the learning areas – which adds up to eight workshops in total. For the Personal Interest workshop slot, you may select and record any workshop on any topic you wish (including extra workshops from the other learning areas).

You can also get the latest information on upcoming workshops in the Ultra-Helpful Weekly Email, which will be sent to your email address once you register for the program.

Contents

Academic Skills Upcoming workshops in the academic skills learning area
Leadership and Civic Engagement Upcoming workshops in the leadership and civic engagement learning area
Career Development Upcoming workshops in the career development learning area
Health and Well-being Upcoming workshops in the health and well-being learning area
Personal Interest Additional workshops that you may be interested in
Involvement Activities This week's highlights

Academic Skills

Staying Resilient and Managing Stress through End of Term [new]

Wednesday, December 6, 5:15 - 7 p.m.

Blackburn Room/Room 4036, Robarts Library (130 St. George Street)

This workshop will discuss resiliency and stress, exploring the ways that strategies for building resiliency can be used at times of acute academic pressure. We will also discuss daily practices that can help to maintain intellectual and emotional balance during exams, and ways of using the holiday period to prepare for the new term. Offered by Academic Success.

Register online: http://cln.utoronto.ca

 

Academic Success Study Hubs

Thursday, November 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Baldwin Room, Centre for International Experience at Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

Monday, November 27, 2 - 4 p.m. @ VUSAC Back Meeting Room/Room 127, Goldring Student Centre at Victoria College (150 Charles Street West)

Tuesday, November 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Room 240, Daniels Building (1 Spadina Crescent)

Tuesday, November 28, 1 - 3 p.m. @ VUSAC Back Meeting Room/Room 127, Goldring Student Centre at Victoria College (150 Charles Street West)

Tuesday, November 28, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)

Wednesday, November 29, 3 - 5 p.m. @ First Nations House, Borden Building North (Third Floor, 563 Spadina Avenue)

Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Baldwin Room, Centre for International Experience at Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

Monday, December 4, 2 - 4 p.m. @ VUSAC Back Meeting Room/Room 127, Goldring Student Centre at Victoria College (150 Charles Street West) [new]

Tuesday, December 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Room 240, Daniels Building (1 Spadina Crescent) [new]

Tuesday, December 5, 1 - 3 p.m. @ VUSAC Back Meeting Room/Room 127, Goldring Student Centre at Victoria College (150 Charles Street West) [new]

Tuesday, December 5, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)[new]

Wednesday, December 6, 3 - 5 p.m. @ First Nations House, Borden Building North (Third Floor, 563 Spadina Avenue) [new]

These facilitated study sessions begin with a Learning Strategist helping you to set an achievable study goal. The rest of the time will be dedicated to quiet studying in a distraction-free environment, followed by a brief check-in at the end to see how you did. If you need some help along the way, the Learning Strategist is on-hand to provide some useful academic resources. Offered by Academic Success.

No registration required.

 

In addition to what is listed above, many academic success workshops may count towards completion of this section. To check eligibility, please e-mail blueprint@utoronto.ca

Leadership and Civic Engagement

 

Q21: A Conversation Cafe – Creating LGBTQ+ Spaces on Campus [new]

Thursday, November 23, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Jim Delaney Lounge/Room 421, Sussex Court (21 Sussex Avenue)

This series of group discussions explore questions regarding to LGBTQ+ communities that are on people's minds today. This week focuses on asking the questions: How do you understand and engage with the LGBTQ+ community at U of T? If you're involved within LGBTQ+ student clubs and organizations on campus, what does your involvement mean to you? If you're not, what are the barriers that prevent you from accessing the spaces that already exist on campus? What are the spaces that do not exist? What are different ways that you can begin to create those spaces on campus? This session will be facilitated by Julian Oliveira, a U of T alum and LGBTOUT executive member. Snacks will be provided. Offered by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

No registration required.

 

Understanding and Responding to Micro-Aggressions

Friday, November 24, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will explore what micro-aggressions are and how understanding them can help us to create more inclusive environments. We will also discuss ways to address them in everyday situations. Offered by the Clubs and Leadership Development team.

Register online: http://uoft.me/l2lreg

 

United We Stand / Take the Knee

Monday, November 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

Music Room, Hart House (Second Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This discussion panel will take a look at the recent anthem protests and the broader history of athletes standing up to social injustice. Panelists include Janelle Joseph, Greg Gary, and Alex Malone. Light refreshments will be provided. Offered by Hart House.

NOTE: To have your participation in this event validated, please e-mail blueprint@utoronto.ca after the event.

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/y9jpvuf6

 

Parenting in Today's World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness

Tuesday, November 28, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

First Nations House, Borden Building North (Third Floor, 563 Spadina Avenue)

This workshop is part of a six-session series that discusses Indigenous past & present realities and how to speak about them with your children. During the workshop, you will learn about Canada’s diversity issues, including its impact on racialized and Indigenous people and ongoing indigenous colonization, and you will gain the knowledge and language to introduce your child to Indigenous history and present concerns, including the concepts of identity, racism, and cultural differences. Offered by the Family Care Office and First Nations House.

Register online: http://uoft.me/fcodisgro17

Encouraging Leadership of Others

Tuesday, November 28, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)

This workshop will explore how experienced leaders can encourage and engage new and younger members of their group in leadership. Using the lens of Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge, in which great leaders “enable others to act,” we will strategize ways to create opportunities for other leaders. Offered by the Clubs and Leadership Development team.

Register online: http://uoft.me/l2lreg

 

Move with Pride Discussion: Queering Athletic Spaces [new]

Thursday, November 30, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Jim Delaney Lounge/Room 421, Sussex Court (21 Sussex Avenue)

This group discussion focuses on physical activity spaces and potential barriers of access for LGBTQ+ people and communities. We will discuss how, depending on the intersections of our identities, we face different barriers when we occupy physical spaces. During the discussion, the following questions will be posed: What does it mean to be queer in athletic spaces for you? What makes a space LGBTQ+ positive and affirming? What are some activities that you would to see happen on campus? Food will be provided. Offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education's Equity Movement and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

No registration required.

 

Parenting in Today's World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness [new]

Tuesday, December 5, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

First Nations House, Borden Building North (Third Floor, 563 Spadina Avenue)

This workshop is part of a six-session series that discusses Indigenous past & present realities and how to speak about them with your children. During the workshop, you will learn about Canada’s diversity issues, including its impact on racialized and Indigenous people and ongoing indigenous colonization, and you will gain the knowledge and language to introduce your child to Indigenous history and present concerns, including the concepts of identity, racism, and cultural differences. Offered by the Family Care Office and First Nations House.

Register online: http://uoft.me/fcodisgro17

 

 

In addition to what is listed above, many leadership and civic engagement workshops may count towards completion of this section. To check eligibility, please e-mail blueprint@utoronto.ca

Career Development

 

Employment Chat with Specialisterne Canada

Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience at Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

This workshop explores job application processes and what supports are available to students who identify as a person on the autism spectrum. After an overview of Specialisterne Canada, we will discuss neurodiversity and employment, the application process, and types of positions available. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions. Offered by Accessibility Services and Career Exploration & Education, in partnership with Specialisterne Canada.

NOTE: This session is intended students who identify as a person on the autism spectrum.

Optional registration via email: rouya.botlani.esfahani@utoronto.ca

 

Finding Research & Internship Opportunities [new]

Friday, November 24, 4 - 6 p.m.

Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)

This workshop will discuss the Research Opportunity Program, offering a hands-on experience for course credit, and the MD program's Community of Support Program, which provides paid summer research roles. We will also discuss the co-curricular research catalogue, research and internship opportunities offered by different departments, application processes and recruitment criteria, and where to find more information. Food and beverages will be provided. Offered by the First in the Family Peer–Mentor Program.

Register online: http://uoft.me/fitffridays1718

 

Career Exploration Orientation

Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience at Cumberland House (Main Floor, 33 St. George Street)

This workshop provides an opportunity for you to practice your career exploration skills and gain eligibility to participate in all Career Exploration programs (i.e. Job Shadowing, In the Field) offered this year. You will also learn about helpful resources in your career exploration process and participate in networking activities. Offered by Career Exploration & Education.

Register online: http://cln.utoronto.ca

 

Career Research Resources

Thursday, November 30, 1 - 3 p.m.

Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)

This workshop will explore where to get the latest and most reliable online information about employers and the labour market. Offered by Career Exploration & Education.

Register online: http://cln.utoronto.ca

 

Navigating Career Decisions [new]

Friday, December 1, 12 - 2 p.m.

Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)

This workshop will introduce you to useful career concepts and decision making tools, and help you build a personal strategy for decision-making and action-planning based on your unique career goals. Offered by Career Exploration & Education.

Register online: http://cln.utoronto.ca

 

Career Chats

Thursday, November 23, 4 - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28, 12 - 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 4 - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5, 12 - 1 p.m. [new]

Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Centre (Main Floor, 214 College Street)

These informal, small-group, discussion based sessions bring together current students and/or recent graduates, and a Career Educator to unpack and reflect on experiences, challenges, and questions related to career exploration and planning. We will be using a flexible structure, where participants set the agenda and drive the conversation to ensure that you leave with clear next steps. Snacks will be provided. Offered by Career Exploration & Education.

No registration required.

 

In addition to what is listed above, many career development workshops may count towards completion of this section. To check eligibility, please e-mail blueprint@utoronto.ca.

Health and Well-being

 

Triathlon Seminar

Friday, November 24, 12 - 1 p.m.

South Sitting Room, Hart House (Third Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This workshop, facilitated by triathlon champion Sara Nicholson and Ironman competitor Warren Bathie, will teach you everything you need to know about triathlons, from training and nutrition to race-day prep and post-race recovery. Lunch will be provided. Offered by the Hart House Recreational Athletics and Wellness Committee.

Register online: http://hhrawc.eventbrite.ca

 

Food for Thought

Tuesday, November 28, 1 - 2 p.m.

Reading Room, Hart House (Main Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This workshop, led by Hart House’s nutritionist, Heather Allen, explores topics related to nutrition tailored to the student experience. You will also have a chance to share your own stories and get the answers to your burning nutrition questions - along with enjoying some samples from food prep demos. Offered by Hart House.

No registration required.

 

Gender Talk: Family [new]

Friday, December 1, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jim Delaney Lounge/Room 421, Sussex Court (21 Sussex Avenue)

This series of group discussions are an opportunity for students who identify as trans+ to connect with other students and guest facilitators as we share our thoughts, experiences and questions. This month focuses on the role that family plays in our lives and the ways in which we navigate our relationships with them. Some questions that will be asked are: How can trans and gender nonconforming people navigate their identities with their families? What are some strategies you use for self care during the holidays, when you’re around family that may or may not be supportive? Where do systems of support come from and how can you build or access them during the holidays? Snacks will be provided. Offered by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

NOTE: These sessions are intended for students who identify as trans+ (trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, non-binary, or questioning gender identity)

No registration required.

 

Fight Like A Girl [new]

Friday, December 1, 6 - 9 p.m.

Activities Room, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

This workshop creates a space for a critical discussion of why a workshop like this is even necessary and in which learn the essentials of self-defence. This workshop is facilitated by Ryhana Dawood, head instructor and founder of Martial Smarts, a non-profit organization focused on promoting physical health, mental wellness, self-esteem building as well as female empowerment through self-defence.

NOTE: There is a $5 deposit that is returned to you at the event.

Register in-person at the Hart House Information Hub

 

Food for Thought [new]

Tuesday, December 5, 1 - 2 p.m.

Reading Room, Hart House (Main Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This workshop, led by Hart House’s nutritionist, Heather Allen, explores topics related to nutrition tailored to the student experience. You will also have a chance to share your own stories and get the answers to your burning nutrition questions - along with enjoying some samples from food prep demos. Offered by Hart House.

No registration required.

 

Better Breath [new]

Wednesday, December 6, 10:10 – 11:30 a.m.

Group Room A, Koffler Student Services Centre (Second Floor, 214 College Street)

This workshop will explore the many benefits of incorporating more restorative breath, guide you through new techniques for relaxation and muscle tension reduction, and teach you new tips for making time to breathe. Offered by Health & Wellness.

Register by phone with Health & Wellness: 416-978-8030

Directions and more information can be found here: http://uoft.me/hwcbb17

Food and Mood [new]

Wednesday, December 6, 5:10 – 7:30 p.m.

Group Room B, Koffler Student Services Centre (Second Floor, 214 College Street)

This workshop is a mindful exploration of healthy eating and how our relationship with food can affect our mood. This is an interactive program that combines relaxation and mindfulness meditation exercises with practical nutrition knowledge. With the help of a Registered Dietitian we will learn how to translate Canada's Food Guide into a useful nutrition tool, learning ways to pace and plan meals and integrate healthy snacks, and about the importance of regular exercise for optimal health and academic performance. Offered by Health & Wellness.

Register by phone with Health & Wellness: 416-978-8030

Directions and more information can be found here: http://uoft.me/hwcmf17

 

Brown Girls Yoga

Thursday, November 23, 5:10 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 5:10 - 6 p.m.

Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre at Koffler House (Second Floor, 569 Spadina Avenue)

These workshops are an opportunity for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, and who currently or formerly identify as woman/girl, to come together and practice yoga techniques that will increase your relaxation and resiliency. This is a Queer-positive and trans-positive space, and all bodies, sizes and levels are welcome. If possible, please bring your own yoga mat, although some are available for you to use. Offered by the Multi-Faith Centre, First Nations House, and the Centre for Women and Trans People.

NOTE: These sessions are intended for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour, and who currently or formerly identify as woman/girl.

No registration required.

 

Cardio Kickbox [new]

Friday, November 24, 5:10 - 5:55 p.m.

Friday, December 1, 5:10 - 5:55 p.m.

Dance Studio, Athletic Centre (55 Harbord Street)

These energizing, inclusive fitness classes offers a great full-body, muscle-strengthening workout that challenges and improves your cardio. No experience required - everyone is welcome! Offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education.

No registration required.

 

Nia [new]

Sunday, November 26, 12:10 - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28, 1:10 - 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 3, 12:10 - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5, 1:10 - 2 p.m.

Exercise Room, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)

These energizing, inclusive fitness classes feature a spirited workout blending dance, martial arts and yoga - feel strong, powerful and inspired with this soulful workout. No experience required - everyone welcome! Offered by Hart House.

No registration required.

 

Mindful Moments Yoga & Meditation [new]

Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 - 6:25 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6, 5:30 - 6:25 p.m.

Fitness Studio, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport (100 Devonshire Place)

These workshops are an opportunity to practice techniques that will increase your relaxation and resiliency. No experience required - everyone welcome! Offered by Health & Wellness, the Multi-Faith Centre and the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education as part of Mindful Moments.

No registration required

 

In addition to what is listed above, many health and well-being workshops, mindfulness workshops, fitness classes, and yoga classes may count towards completion of this section. To check eligibility, please e-mail blueprint@utoronto.ca.

 

There are drop-in group fitness classes offered every week at the Athletic Centre, located at 55 Harbord Street, the Goldring Centre, located at 100 Devonshire Place, and Hart House, located at 7 Hart House Circle. Classes range from aerobics to dance to circuit training. A sampling of two classes has been included above.
For full listings, please visit: Athletic Centre & Goldring Centre | Hart House Drop-in Fitness 

 

There are drop-in mindfulness meditation, tai chi and yoga workshops offered every week as part of the Mindful Moments initiative. A sample has been included above. For a full listing, please visit: uoft.me/mindfulmoments

Personal Interest

[Please note: the workshops listed below are in this section as they may not fit into the sections above. That said, ANY workshop that interests you (including those listed above) can be counted as your Personal Interest workshop.]

 

Get Crafty: Gift Bags & Tags from Recycled Materials

Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Reading Room, Hart House (Main Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This series of drop-in craft workshops will teach you the skills needed to create a craft. There is a new craft every week and you'll come away with a finished project. This week we will be making gift bags and tags from recycled materials. Instruction and materials are provided - as are the tea and cookies. Offered by Hart House in partnership with the Sustainability Office.

No registration required.

 

Get Crafty: Beaded Ornaments

Thursday, November 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Reading Room, Hart House (Main Floor, 7 Hart House Circle)

This series of drop-in craft workshops will teach you the skills needed to create a craft. There is a new craft every week and you'll come away with a finished project. This week we will be making beaded ornaments. Instruction and materials are provided - as are the tea and cookies. Offered by Hart House.

No registration required.

 

 

Q21: A Conversation Cafe – Queer Narratives: How Do We Share Our Stories? [new]

Thursday, November 30, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Jim Delaney Lounge/Room 421, Sussex Court (21 Sussex Avenue)

This series of group discussions explore questions regarding to LGBTQ+ communities that are on people's minds today. This week focuses on asking the questions: Is it our responsibility to share our own stories? Do we have control of how we are portrayed? Can we reveal too much, and how do we tell other people’s stories? This session will be facilitated by Robbie Ahmed, a author, poet, and transman of colour. Snacks will be provided. Offered by the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

No registration required.

 

A Celebration of Light in Different Religions [new]

Monday, December 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Multi-Purpose Room, Multi-Faith Centre at Koffler House (Second Floor, 569 Spadina Avenue)

This workshop will explore the topic of light in different faith-based traditions, such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, and the Winter Solstice. You will also have the opportunity to make your own beeswax candle. A light dinner will be provided. Offered by the Multi-Faith Centre.

Register via email: multi.faith@utoronto.ca

 

Involvement Activities

 

Join the Conversation on Sex and Gender on Campus

The Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria College invites all students to attend a new conference, Sex and Gender on Campus, on Friday, November 24, 8:30 a.m. – 5p.m., in Alumni Hall of Victoria College. Your voice is welcome in the conversation regarding the challenges of, and movements around, the intersectionality of identity politics in today’s campus climate. In addition to engaging discussion panels, the two keynote addresses will be delivered by Brenda Cossman, Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and Farrah Khan, Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at Ryerson University and Co-Chair of the Ontario Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Participation in this conference may also count towards your Blueprint workshop requirements; please email blueprint@utoronto.ca after the conference to inquire.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.vic.utoronto.ca/students/Sex_and_Gender_on_Campus

 

 

Participate in Alternative Reading Week (AWR)

Join the Centre for Community Partnerships and hundreds of U of T students during the February Reading Week and immerse yourself in three amazing days of volunteerism. Working collaboratively with a group of U of T students, and one of up to 30 local community organizations, you will apply and develop your unique skills and knowledge, engage with social dynamics and issues in our city, and contribute positively to a community-identified need. This year's theme, Learn With and Grow With, aims to honour and value the knowledge of the communities we engage with. A lot of us think of community engagement and volunteering as an opportunity to 'help' or 'give-back', yet there is so much we 'get' when we engage and volunteer in local communities. Phase 1 of registration for AWR is now open and there are a wide variety of fantastic community projects to choose from.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/ccp/stu-alt-week

 

Join an Intramural Team [new]

Looking for something fun and active to do in the new year? Now is a good time to contact your college or faculty's intramural representative (the person on your college or faculty's student government in charge of organizing intramural teams) to find out about registration dates and how to join a team. With sports ranging from basketball to rugby, ultimate to tennis, flag football to inner tube water polo, there's something for everyone!

For more information about U of T Intramurals, please visit: http://www.uoftintramurals.ca

 

For involvement activity ideas, please visit the Blueprint website at www.blueprint.utoronto.ca.